All 'The Meg' Trailer Shots From 'Jaws'

Two new trailers for shark movie The Meg feature shots that look… familiar. If you've seen Jaws, some of The Meg is going to throw off some déjà vu vibes.

Of course, there hasn't been a shark movie since Jaws in 1975 that hasn't in some way cribbed from the Steven Spielberg masterpiece. Several by-now familiar shark movie tropes can be found in The Meg trailers, including a dog in danger and the ubiquitous shot of underwater swimmers, tasty legs dangling down, just begging to be chomped.

Other shots look more like direct homages, recreating exact moments from Jaws. Here are a few examples I spotted, though there are likely to be many more references, some subtle and some not-so-subtle, in The Meg when it hits theaters Aug. 10.

One of the goofiest moments in Jaws is when the shark leaps from the water on to the boat. It's where the practical special effects wear thinnest. But it also sets up one of the most gruesome and disturbing deaths in shark movie history, as Quint scrabbles for a handhold before slipping into the beast's gnashing jaws.

The Meg trailer also features its shark leaping out of the ocean to crush a boat with its body. The composition is nearly identical, with a one-two shot combo of the shark, its mouth open, rising from the water, followed by its full-commitment leap, soaring over the gunwale.

If Jason Statham is going to die in The Meg, may he die better than Quint.

Another shot from The Meg international trailer looks like a tribute to maybe the most chilling shot of the shark in Jaws, this time recreated with the gigantic megalodon.

The powerful horror in Jaws famously has as much to do with what's not shown as what's seen. For the first half of Jaws, we get only glimpses, maybe of a fin, or, in one gruesome scene, the shark rolling over to pull the young Kintner boy under the surface. Jaws treats its shark less like an animal and more like a ghost. Nowhere in the movie is this more powerfully demonstrated than the scene where the shark infiltrates a shallow lagoon and pulls a boater underwater.

Grabbing a man's leg from beneath the water, the shark can only be half-seen, like a vengeful specter. It arrives, it kills, it vanishes.

The Meg reproduces this shot, again, almost exactly, with the megalodon angled sideways. Except, this time, the shark doesn't just want a leg.

There's one more shot in The Meg trailer that brings to mind a moment from Jaws, this time maybe unintentionally. Set partially in a futuristic, deep-sea research facility, The Meg shares some attributes in common with Jaws 3-D, set in a SeaWorld with underwater tunnels. Here's how it looks in The Meg:

That's a major improvement over a similar moment in Jaws 3-D, which may be the single worst special effects shot in shark movie history.

Though The Meg takes some clear inspiration from Jaws, the trailer exemplifies even more where the two movies differ. The Meg doesn't shy away from showing off its shark, putting in more in the bombastic shark movie tradition of Sharknado and Deep Blue Sea. We'll see just how similar they are when The Meg comes out in theaters Aug. 10.